Flying Scotsman and the Shildon Shed Bash

05 Feb 2016

Flying Scotsman will be joined by some very special guests at the 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' event at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon from July 23 to 31, 2016.

The event at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon is inspired by the famous 'Shed Bashes' of the 1950s and 1960s, when avid trainspotters would visit a railway shed by fair means or foul, and try to see every locomotive in it. Trainspotters would call seeing Flying Scotsman at Shildon a 'rare cop', as it wouldn't usually visit there!

Following a decade-long, £4.2million restoration, Flying Scotsman is now appearing as No. 60103 in BR Green, as it was when it was retired by British Railways in 1963. When this steam icon visits Shildon for the 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' event, it will be joined by guest locomotives in liveries from the same period – giving fans that chance to re-create the authentic 'Shed Bash' feel!

Flying Scotsman will be in light steam for the event, and is due to be joined by A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa and Q6 No. 63395, also in light steam. J72 No. 69023 Joem will be in steam for passenger train rides daily. The line-up will be completed by D9002 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, newly restored to BR two-tone green, along with V2 4771 Green Arrow.

Visitors to the main daytime event will be able to access cabs of locomotives including Flying Scotsman whilst it is in steam, as well as enjoy children's activities, a talks programme, and browse a selection of trade stands. The main daytime event will run from 9.30am to 6pm with free admission – please note that the usual charge applies for steam train rides.

A limited number of tickets for early morning and evening photography sessions are also available – giving rail and photography enthusiasts the opportunity to capture some special shots of these fabulous locomotives. Tickets for these events are on sale now – please call Locomotion: The NRM at Shildon on 01388 777999 for details or to book.

The 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' programme will be rounded off with the chance to dance the night away at a 1960s Disco Night on the evening of Saturday July 30. Tickets for this event will go on sale in April.

Andrew McLean, Head Curator at the National Railway Museum, said:

"This will be the first time Flying Scotsman has been at Shildon in her late British Railways appearance. For a week in July Shildon will become like the legendary King's Cross 'Top Shed' circa 1963 as the world’s most famous steam locomotive lines up alongside other wonderful engines from the era. Mbr/>
The pairing of an example of Sir Nigel Gresley's famous A3 and A4 classes in such a livery is one that has not seen since the dying days of steam in the 1960s and this unique opportunity is sure to capture the imagination of enthusiast and families alike.

Gary Campbell, Museum Manager at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, said:

Flying Scotsman last visited Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon in 2004 for the museum's official opening. We're delighted to welcome it back, and are looking forward to giving museum visitors the chance to get close up to this iconic locomotive.

For more information about Flying Scotsman and the Scotsman Season, please visit www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events. For the latest conversations about the return of Flying Scotsman, use or track #FlyingScotsman. For updates on the 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' event, use #FSShedBash.


For more information please contact:
Pam Porter, Events Officer, Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon
pamela.porter@durham.gov.uk | 01904 685784

Notes to editors:

  • Locomotive appearances at 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' are subject to availability, and the museum reserves the right to change the programme.
  • For the latest information on 'Flying Scotsman & The Shildon Shed Bash' programme, please visit www.flyingscotsman.org.uk/events/ or Locomotion: The NRM at Shildon's social media channels - @NRMShildon and www.facebook.com/locomotionshildon
  • A4 60009 is appearing courtesy of John Cameron, 2016 sees the 50th anniversary of John Cameron's purchase of 60009, bought in working order directly from British Railways.
  • Q6 63395 and J72 69023 are appearing courtesy of the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

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